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[ISN] Plans to migrate LAPD to Google's cloud apps dropped
By Jaikumar Vijayan
December 22, 2011
After more than two years of trying, the City of Los Angeles has abandoned
plans to migrate its police department to Google's hosted email and office
application platform saying the service cannot meet certain FBI security
As a result, close to 13,000 law-enforcement employees will remain indefinitely
on the LAPD's existing Novell GroupWise applications, while other city
departments will use the Google Apps for Government cloud platform.
Council members last week amended a November 2009 contract the city has with
systems integrator Computer Science Corp. (CSC) under which CSC was supposed to
have replaced LA's GroupWise e-mail system with Google's email and
collaboration system. Under the amended contract, the LAPD will no longer move
its email applications to Google.
Instead, Google will pay up to $350,000 per year for the LAPD to maintain its
GroupWise licenses for the entire term of the CSC contract and any extensions
beyond that. Google will also substantially reduce the amount it charges for
the rest of the city's use of Google Apps. Under the amendment, CSC too will
reduce its initial integration fee for the project by $250,000.
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